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WhatsApp bans over 2 million Indian accounts in July

WhatsApp has banned 2.39 million Indian accounts in July, the highest so far this year, the Meta-owned popular instant messaging app said late on Thursday in its monthly report.

The Nation’s stricter IT laws have made it necessary for large digital platforms to publish compliance reports every month.

Draft rules circulated in June proposed setting up a panel to hear user appeals, and that significant social media messaging platforms shall allow identification of the first originator of information if directed by courts to do so.

According to Reuter, of the accounts barred, 1.42 million are “proactively banned,” before any reports from users. 

Several accounts were banned based on complaints received through the company’s grievances channel and the tools and resources it uses to detect such offenses.

In July, WhatsApp received a total of 574 grievance reports.

The messaging platform, which has been criticized for spreading fake news and hate speech in the country, as well as elsewhere in the world, had taken down 2.21 million accounts in India in June.

Writing by Annabel Nwachukwu